Gallery: Leading Architects Unveil Luxury Bug Hotels in London

 
These eco skyscrapers for a bug's world were inspired by the towers of London and utilize modular construction to create various sized buildings - anything from a simple B&B to a Burj Khalifa Bug Tower. A grouping of five towers ranging in heights is located at West Smithfield and constructed from recycled materials including recycled timber, recycled broom poles, and garden and building waste. Two local schools helped construct the towers, which were designed with solitary bees in mind, but can also provide a home for other insects.

The five competing firms and designs include: the Insect Hotel by Arup Associates; Brookfield Bug Buddies by Brookfield Europe and the Pinnacle team; Bumblebee City Nesters by Fisher Tomlin; Inn Vertebrate by Metalanguage Design; and Beevarian Anstel and Gretel Chalet by German Women in Property. Each team used recycled and reclaimed materials found around the city and built their respective bug hotel in one of five parks around London. Over the last month, visitors to the parks were encouraged to vote online for their favorite, while a jury of industry experts from London selected their favorite design.

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